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49ers RB LaMichael James tweets he's 'not trying to be insurance'

By John Breech |

LaMichael James seems to be frustrated with his playing time in San Francisco. (USATSI)
LaMichael James seems to be frustrated with his playing time in San Francisco. (USATSI)

The San Francisco 49ers may want to start keeping their backup running backs away from Twitter. Last season, Brandon Jacobs was suspended and eventually released in part due to his social media complaints about the way the team was utilizing him.

Running back LaMichael James took to Twitter on Monday to voice similar complaints. Although unlike Jacobs, James seemed to have a sense of humor about his lack of playing time. James sent out the tweet below on Monday (via, but later deleted it.

The now-deleted LaMichael James tweet. (CSN Bay Area)
The now-deleted LaMichael James tweet. (CSN Bay Area)

After he deleted the tweet, James sent out this follow-up tweet and hasn't tweeted since.

James' frustrations seem to stem from a lack of playing time. The 2012 second-round pick was inactive for the 49ers first three games this season before finally seeing some playing time against St. Louis in Week 4. James didn't do much to earn more playing time though, carrying the ball three times for zero yards.

The odd thing is, James was on the team last season when the Jacobs fiasco happened, so you'd think he'd have learned to take his complaints to his coach and not to Twitter. And if his coach isn't available, Jake from State Farm would probably listen.

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